Table 1: National, sub-regional and regional biosafety organizations
Organization Countries Purpose

Southern Africa Regional Biosafety (SARB) 2000-2001 Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia
  • Support capacity-building for countries to develop biotechnology-related regulations and successfully implement them.
  • Develop a regional approach to policy and the harmonization of regulations.
  • Promote market access for biotechnology products from the public and private sectors.

Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) 1999-2000 National Agricultural Research institutes from Burundi, DRC, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda
  • Increase the efficiency of agricultural research to support economic growth, food security and sustainable agriculture.

Eastern and Central Africa Programme for Agricultural Policy Analysis (ECAPAPA) created by ASARECA National Agricultural Research institutes from Burundi, DRC, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda
  • Improve agricultural policy analysis.
  • Bring the national agricultural research systems (NARS) into the policy process.
  • Increase the ability of individuals and agricultural institutions to influence and to apply agricultural policies through capacity-building and other support.
  • Develop policy recommendations that can be used to inform policy-making processes through data collection, analysis, dialogue and action.
  • Provide agricultural policy information.

ABSP Technical Support to ASARECA Eastern and Central Africa
  • Provide technical support to ASARECA throughout the planning process.
  • Ensure that ASARECA members have access to expertise in agricultural biotechnology and biosafety.
  • Develop an inventory of agricultural biotechnology for Eastern and Central Africa.

African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF) Eastern Africa
  • Create an enabling environment in which African countries can participate and benefit from biotechnology in a responsible and sustainable manner.
  • Promote understanding and awareness of all aspects of biotechnology and biosafety.

The African Centre For Technology Studies (ACTS) International (based in Nairobi)
  • Harness science and technology for Africa’s sustainable development.
  • Implement biotechnology and biosafety projects building a regional approach and common position to biotechnology and biosafety in the ASARECA/COMESA region.

Biotechnology Trust Africa (BTA) Africa
  • Promote the development and application of biotechnology with emphasis on agriculture, health, environment and industry.
  • Support the development of appropriate policy.
  • Facilitate biotechnology research and development, biosafety and the development of related intellectual property rights (IPR).
  • Support capacity-building in biotechnology, biosafety and IPR.
  • Support networking and build awareness on biotechnology, biosafety and IPR.

The Africa Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Facilitate and promote partnerships with public and private sectors to remove the barriers that prevent small farmers from gaining access to existing agricultural technologies that could help improve food security and reduce poverty.
  • Promote the use of science and technology, including biotechnology, to fight hunger, malnutrition and poverty by increasing agricultural yields and incomes.
African Harvest Biotech Foundation International Africa

Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) Global program including Africa Biowatch (South Africa) University of Malawi, National Research Council (Malawi), National Biotechnology Development Agency (Nigeria), Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (Ghana), Institute of Rural Economy (Mali), Ministry of Environment Permanent Technical Secretary (Mali)
  • Address biosafety issues within a sustainable development strategy through agriculture-led economic growth, trade and environmental objectives.

Environment Information Systems in sub-Saharan Africa (EIS-SSA) Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Develop capacity for the management of environmental information as an integral component of the sustainable development process.
  • Ensure access to environmentally relevant data by a wide variety of potential users at the national, sub-regional, continental and ultimately global levels through the development of strategies, policies and procedures, data management, communication tools and networking mechanisms.

Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) SADC
  • Coordinate, influence and facilitate policy analysis, research, information and data collection, and capacity-building.

East African Research Network for Biotechnology, Biosafety and Biotechnology Policy Development (BIC EARN) Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
  • Promote research and related policy development.
  • Capacity-building.

West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) Western Africa
  • Strengthen capacity for technology generation, technology transfer and policy formulation for sustainable production of rice.

International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Western Africa
  • Conduct research, including in collaboration with ASARECA and CORAF.

West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) Western and Central Africa: Association of national agricultural research organizations in Western and Central Africa
  • Collaborate in research and development activities.

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI),
National Council of Science and Technology (Kenya),
Kenya Plant Health Inspection Service,
National Council of Science and Technology (Uganda),
National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) (Uganda),
Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI) (Tanzania)
Eastern Africa
  • Research.
  • Information and data collection.
  • Undertake monitoring and evaluation.
  • Participate in the Program for Biosafety.